Michael Formanek The Distance

Michael Formanek - The Rub and Spare Change  Music

Posted by Juma at Feb. 25, 2011
Michael Formanek - The Rub and Spare Change

Michael Formanek - The Rub and Spare Change
EAC > FLAC | tracks | Log + CUE | cover scans | ~400 MB incl. recovery (4 files)
Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop, Modern creative | Label: ECM (ecm 2167) | Year: 2010

ECM debut for Michael Formanek, whose formidable bass has propelled groups from the Mingus Big Band to Tim Berne’s Bloodcount and has backed artists as diverse as Chet Baker and Elvis Costello. A bandleader and composer in his own right, he is heard here with some highly-talented colleagues in an outgoing programme of his own pieces, whose unorthodox constructions set up strong solos and fiery group interaction.
Thumbscrew (Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara, Mary Halvorson) - Convallaria (2016) {Cuneiform Records RUNE 415}

Thumbscrew (Michael Formanek, Tomas Fujiwara, Mary Halvorson) - Convallaria (2016) {Cuneiform Records RUNE 415}
EAC rip (secure mode) | FLAC (tracks)+CUE+LOG -> 401 Mb | MP3 @320 -> 171 Mb
Full Artwork @ 300 dpi (jpg) -> 11 Mb | 5% repair rar
© 2016 Cuneiform Records / Thumbscrew | RUNE 415
Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz / Modern Creative / Experimental / Improvisation

Three hyper-progressive improvisational jazz and cross-genre artists push the envelope again on their 2nd album for Cuneiform Records. The musicians' busy schedules via numerous and largely prolific solo and group-based projects have rocketed their respective artistries into the limelight, especially ECM recording artist Michael Formanek (bass) who for the past several decades has become a household name within these circles. Nonetheless, it's an adventurous exploration, led by guitarist Mary Halvorson's signature phraseology, comprised of extended lines that vaporize into the cosmos amid her diminutive note-bending jaunts and so on. Here, drummer Tomas Fujiwara generates a buoyant underpinning with colorful accents in parallel with Formanek's fluid and powerful support.
Michael Formanek, Ensemble Kolossus - The Distance (2016) {ECM 2484}

Michael Formanek, Ensemble Kolossus - The Distance (2016) {ECM 2484}
EAC 1.0b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 600dpi | 418MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz

The Distance represents a grand creative leap for bassist-composer Michael Formanek, following two widely lauded ECM releases featuring his quartet with Tim Berne, Craig Taborn and Gerald Cleaver. The new album showcases his texturally rich compositions for the dynamic 18-piece big band he has playfully dubbed Ensemble Kolossus. The project saw some of the most distinctive musicians on the New York scene bonding to realize Formanek’s epic design, as he re-imagined what a big band can be. Channelling sounds from the classic to the modern, he also composed for individually expressive soloists in the Ellingtonian tradition. Along with the dark-hued romanticism of the title track, The Distance features the “Exoskeleton” suite – a kaleidoscopic musical experience in which Formanek’s bold, beautiful vision for 21st-century large-ensemble jazz comes vibrantly to life.

Michael Formanek and Ensemble Kolossus - The Distance (2016)  Music

Posted by mark70 at March 30, 2016
Michael Formanek and Ensemble Kolossus - The Distance (2016)

Michael Formanek and Ensemble Kolossus - The Distance (2016)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 71:16 min | 164 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: ECM Records

Jazz composers writing for large ensembles have often avoided the label "big band," going back to the Jazz Composer's Orchestra in the '60s, not to mention Sun Ra's Arkestra and the many Swing Era bands that called themselves orchestras. It's an understandable choice, given the unavoidable—and potentially limiting—stylistic associations that come with the big band name. Bassist/composer Michael Formanek playfully calls this 18-piece group Ensemble Kolossus: it represents a bold creative leap forward from his previous quartet recordings Small Places (ECM, 2012) and The Rub and Spare Change (ECM, 2010).

Michael Formanek - Small Places (2012) [24-bit/88,2kHz]  Vinyl & HR

Posted by HDV at May 7, 2015
Michael Formanek - Small Places (2012) [24-bit/88,2kHz]

Michael Formanek - Small Places (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time - 71:21 minutes | 1,31 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

'Small Places' is double-bassist/composer Michael Formanek’s follow-up to The Rub and Spare Change, his widely lauded ECM debut as a leader. The new album features the same powerhouse band of longtime confreres, with Formanek in seemingly telepathic league with saxophonist Tim Berne, pianist Craig Taborn and drummer Gerald Cleaver. If anything, Small Places is a step beyond this quartet’s first release, with the compositions and improvisation blending so that a listener is scarcely able to tell where one leaves off and the other begins. Earthy yet atmospheric, this is jazz alive with dark-hued melody and bone-deep rhythms, rich in dynamic possibility and the sound of surprise.

Michael Formanek - Small Places (2012) {ECM 2267}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Nov. 7, 2012
Michael Formanek - Small Places (2012) {ECM 2267}

Michael Formanek - Small Places (2012) {ECM 2267}
EAC 1.0b3 | FLAC tracks level 8 | Cue+Log+M3U | Full Scans 300dpi | 416MB + 5% Recovery
Genre: Jazz, Fusion

Small Places is double bassist/composer Michael Formanek’s follow-up to “The Rub and Spare Change”, his widely lauded ECM debut as a leader. If anything, Small Places is a step beyond this quartet’s first release, with the compositions and improvisation blending so seamlessly that a listener is scarcely able to tell where one leaves off and the other begins. Earthy yet atmospheric, this is very 21st-century American jazz, the music brimming with piquant riffs and muscular ostinatos, rich in melodic possibility and the sound of surprise.
Michael Nyman - The Piano: Original Music From The Film (1993) [Reissue 2015] PS3 ISO + Hi-Res FLAC

Michael Nyman - The Piano: Original Music From The Film (1993) [Reissue 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 59:57 minutes | Scans included | 1,64 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,16 GB

This crossover hit, the soundtrack to Jane Campion's film, is subtle, pretty, and just a little bit bland. Nyman keeps the theatrics to a minimum, crafting an evocative work that manages to be both personal and universal. He also lets the music run its course, never pushing or cutting off a piece until it says what it needs to. A towering commercial achievement from a decidedly non-commercial artist.
John Lenehan - Michael Nyman: The Piano Concerto & Where the Bee Dances (1998)

John Lenehan - Michael Nyman: The Piano Concerto & Where the Bee Dances (1998)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 47:08 | 269 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | Catalog: 8.554168

This isn’t the best recording of The Piano Concerto. Despite the fact that, for me at least, John Lenehan has always been the definitive Nyman pianist other than the composer himself, Stott’s interpretation has more vigour and Lawson’s more musicality. Lenehan’s performance is also muddied by the recording’s vague acoustic, a particularly telling problem for die-hard Nymaniacs who have grown up with the crisp, punchy, quasi-rock production style entirely appropriate to Nyman’s music and a trademark since his work with David Cunningham in the early 1980s.

Michael Landon: The Career and Artistry of a Television Genius [Audiobook]  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by IrGens at May 14, 2017
Michael Landon: The Career and Artistry of a Television Genius [Audiobook]

Michael Landon: The Career and Artistry of a Television Genius [Audiobook] by David R. Greenland
English | December 6, 2016 | ASIN: B01MTRW2VL, ISBN: 1470814188, 1470814196 | MP3@64 kbps | 4 hrs 36 mins | 126 MB
Narrator: Nat Segaloff
Royal Liverpool PO, Kathryn Stott, Michael Nyman Band - Michael Nyman: The Piano Concerto; MGV (1994)

Michael Nyman - The Piano Concerto; MGV (1994)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Kathryn Stott (piano)
Michael Nyman Band and Orchestra; Michael Nyman (piano & conductor)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 338 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 157 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Minimalism | Label: Argo/Decca | # 443 382-2 | 00:59:03

The Piano Concerto/MGV is the 23rd album by Michael Nyman, released in 1994. It contains two compositions, The Piano Concerto and MGV. The first is performed by Kathryn Stott and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michael Nyman, and the second is performed by the Michael Nyman Band and Orchestra with Michael Nyman at the piano.
The Piano Concerto is based entirely on material selected from the soundtrack for Jane Campion’s film The Piano. It is a single movement work in four phases. 3 of them feature 18th and 19th century popular Scottish song tunes, which formed the basis of Ada’s music in the film. MGV (Musique à Grand Vitesse) was commissioned by the Lille Festival, France. It was first performed on 26th September 1993 for the inauguration of the TGV North-European line.